Christmas is almost here!
Are you ready?
I asked around my friends and family (Thanks, y’all!), and have compiled a list of some fabulous Stocking Stuffer Ideas for the whole family. Spouses, Siblings, Friends, Teens, Parents, Kids, whoever you would be buying for.
In my family, anything over $10 is considered a present and given separately from the stocking, but I learned that isn’t always the case. Whatever your tradition is, we’ve got you covered! Feel free to “Pin” the article to save for each holiday season.
Stocking Stuffer Ideas
Because one pair is always lost and another pair is perpetually twisted. It’s always good to have a spare on hand. Whether you spend money on something fancy or grab a pair from the Dollar Store or Five Below, help save each other some time by grabbing some extras you each can keep in your gym bags, work/school bags or nightstands.
Especially important for all those military families with the man of the house working for Uncle Sam. But I’m gonna take this one step further and recommend the Dollar Shave Club. Seriously. The first order, you’ll receive a “weighty handle” (their words, but it’s true), 4 cartridges, free shipping, and even a little booklet with something to read when they’re doing “other” bathroom duties. And these aren’t just for men. I love the way the handle fits in my hands and curves around my knees.
Sign up for a monthly or every other month to receive your choice of 2, 4, or 6 blades sent to your mailbox. Depending on your order this could cost you as little as $3 a month. For real. And you can switch it up anytime if you decide to pause your plan or try out a different blade plan. They also have products that are amazing. (My husband and I both love the Shave Butter!) I recommend them because I use them regularly and love them. (And love saving money without skimping on quality even more!) But it’s also nice that they’ll give me a $5 credit for anyone who signs up using the following link: Click here!
Deodorant, Toothpaste, Shaving Cream, Floss and other Toiletries
Because it’s the only time you can give stuff as a gift you would normally buy anyway and get away with it! And if you’re not changing your toothbrush regularly anyway, that’s gross. Just sayin’. Tissue pocket packs are always handy too.
Deck of Cards
Because there is always one card missing from a deck. Or they are hiding when you actually want to play a game! Go for a fancy design you might not have or stock up on some generic ones from the Dollar Store.
Okay, I’m gonna get personal here and explain that if you aren’t from New England, you don’t really understand the full importance of Dunkin Donuts. It’s like… well… Starbucks to Seattle haha So, while we have some Dunks around where we live, it’s just not the same. My thoughtful mother-in-law sends us some bags of Dunkin’ Joe periodically and it turns my husband to mush. He loves it! I’ve been told you can find large bags of whatever your coffee pleasure is at bargain prices at Costco, Sam’s Club, etc.
Pens, Pencils, Stylus, etc.
Writing utensils (whether for paper or tablets) are always a safe bet.
Beer, Wine, Mini Liquor Bottles
Find a (or a couple of) seasonal beers that he/she might like or hasn’t tried but would want to. Or the smaller bottles of wine. Or grab a couple of those miniature liquor bottles. Unless they’re not a drinker, I doubt there’d be opposition to anything in this category.
iTunes, Book store, Coffee shop, Movie Theater, Sandwich shop, Home Improvement store, Beauty store, etc. There’s always something that someone enjoys and it’s thoughtful to make that a reality.
Okay, I’m a pretty handy girl. My Dad taught me how to do a lot of things around the house, so our garage is well-shared when it comes to tools and gadgets. Christmas is a great time to stock up on things like:
Bungee cords, Zip-ties, Tape (Duct, Masking, Electrical, Painters), Hex keys, Pocket screwdrivers, Mini LED flashlights, extra nuts/bolts/screws/nails, multitool, etc.
Okay, so my Mom got my husband a couple of pairs of wool socks from the Dollar Store one year. She kind of laughed about them thinking he might not even wear them, but they’d work in a pinch. Y’all these have become one of his favorite things to get EVERY. YEAR. With his job, he’s in boots all day and they keep his tootsies warm all day. Plus they are only $1.
Maybe your stocking recipient likes fun dress socks or character socks? What about some athletic socks that are moisture wicking? Some people don’t care and others are very specific about the height of the sock on their legs or white with white shoes, black with black, or colorful socks etc. Ball them up and throw in the stocking for some candy cushioning.
Scratch ‘n Win Lottery Tickets
We’re the people who look at lotto tickets as a surefire way to throw money away. But instead of buying a couple of candy bars, grab a scratch-off ticket for fun! That element of “You Never Know…” adds some excitement to the air no matter what the outcome is.
I’m sure you’ve seen different things here and there and thought “I bet ____ would like that.” This is the time to actually get it!
Fire-starter key chain (for the Bear Grylls fan), whiskey stones, beard oil, golf tees, hand warmers (for hands, obviously, but also to put in their boots to keep feet warm too!), Bottle/can coozies, Wine stoppers, Guitar picks, Chap-stick, Small Lego kit, Moleskine notebook, Ornament, etc.
The stocking is a great place to put lotions, lip glosses, nail polish, cuticle cream, nail files, facial masks, body sprays, hair ties/barrettes, travel sized hair spray/wrinkle-free spray/stain sticks/etc., bath salts, and various makeup items that are on the less expensive side of things
Matchbox cars, crayons, coloring books, small stuffed animals, puzzles, flashlights, shaving cream (No seriously. Kids love playing with the stuff haha), stickers, bouncy balls, small instruments (harmonica, kazoo, maracas, etc), teething toys, tub toys, band-aids (for them or for stuffed animals that get “hurt”), silly putty, temporary tattoos, LEGO figures, paper dolls, and fun straws.
You know that at least one gift is going to need some batteries, but what about all the times throughout the coming year that you know you’re going to need batteries at the least convenient time? Think smoke detector, clocks, toys, nightlight, etc. Stock up on them all: AAA, AA, C, D, 9-volt, and even watch batteries. You can pick up a tackle box or something similar to keep them organized all in one place.
There are a plethora of magazines for any age and any interest. Whether you grab just one issue or gift a subscription is up to you. If someone loves cooking, grab Cook’s Illustrated or one by their favorite chef. There are several sports magazine or hobby magazines too. And many kids enjoy Highlights, science, or animal magazines. There’s something for everyone and this time of year you can usually get a year subscription for $5 through Amazon.
Beef jerky, hot sauce, peanut butter crackers, almonds, pistachios, (okay, any nut), chocolate-covered espresso beans, or whatever they might like. Goldfish/Annie’s/animal crackers, raisins, or granola bars are great too!
Okay, you knew it was coming. Candy is a staple stocking stuffer. Grab their favorites and fill ‘er up! Look for high quality chocolate that they might not normally enjoy. Yum!
What else would you add to the list?
Be sure to Pin this on Pinterest for a handy guide each year!